Delia DeRiggi-Whitton is serving her third term as Nassau County Legislator, first being elected in 2012. As of 2014, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton became Legislator of the newly re-districted 11th LD, which incorporates Sands Point, Port Washington, Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor, Glen Head, Glenwood, Sea Cliff and Glen Cove.
Before being elected to the Nassau County Legislature, DeRiggi-Whitton served two terms as a member of the Glen Cove City Council. Long active in senior affairs, she was the Council's liaison to the City's Senior Center and was a member of the City's Senior Advisory Board. As a Legislator, she has actively worked on and filed legislation to keep senior tax abatement legislation in place for the 2017 property tax bill. She also began the Birthday Rose celebration at Senior Day events and is a member of the Sage Golf Outing Commission.
Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton brings to the County a belief in financial oversight and fiscal responsibility. In Glen Cove, she worked to ensure that the city budget was properly balanced, she met regularly with department heads to foster budget compliance, and she fought hard against tax increases. Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton continues to work to protect taxpayer money by pushing for an Independent Inspector of country contracts. Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton sits on the Rules Committee of the Legislator and is one of five members of the Budget Review Committee.
DeRiggi-Whitton has long been committed to improving the environment. While serving the City of Glen Cove, she was part of an initiative to clean up and revitalize deteriorated, polluted waterfront lands. As a Legislator, she remains firmly committed to protecting our natural areas and reversing pollution and contamination. Demonstrating this commitment by co-introducing a resolution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implementing measures that ban the use of fracking liquids in waste products. Additionally, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton has helped to secure funding for sewer studies in an effort to prevent dangerous toxins and chemicals from entering our underground aquifers, Long Island’s sole supply of drinking water.
Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton has been deeply involved in the housing issues of the 11th Legislative District since her days on the Glen Cove City Council. She has maintained a "hands-on" relationship with local tenants and building owners to address concerns such as fire safety, leakage, landscape beautification, and lighting. She has worked with local officials to resolve many problems and elevate buildings to higher standards. Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton serves as the Ranking Member of the Towns, Villages and Cities Committee as well as the Health & Social Services Committee.
Dedicated to assisting our youth, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton is an avid supporter of the Glen Cove Economic Opportunity Council. For the last two summers Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton has sponsored a child to attend the EOC’s summer youth program, and is looking forward to do so in the future.
Deeply concerned with protecting our community from drugs and addiction, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton has hosted numerous Narcan training sessions to help educate the public on the dangers of drugs and how to administer this potentially lifesaving treatment.
DeRiggi-Whitton participates in many community groups. As a member of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and a member of the board of DRI, she helped to secure over $500,000 in grants. She has led many fundraising efforts to benefit the Foundation as well as other charities. She is a member of the Sons of Italy and Kiwanis.
A 1986 Glen Cove High School graduate, she became the school's first all-county softball pitcher. She gained recognition by pitching a no-hitter to lead her team to the 1985 county championship. A feat that has not been duplicated. A graduate of Hofstra University, Ms. DeRiggi-Whitton has three daughters and is the proud daughter of the Hon. Donald DeRiggi and Dr. Mildred DeRiggi.